Researchers at Columbia Business School in New York claim that a lack of women in top roles is down to men’s determination to retain control.
The finding contradicts a 1973 study which suggested that women in authority were more critical of female subordinates.
The new research reportedly looked at top management teams in 1,500 companies over a 20-year period and found that where women had been appointed chief executive, other women were more likely to make it into senior positions.
But when a woman had been given a senior role that was not the top position, the likelihood of other women following them to executive level fell by 50%, the academics found.
The research team said: “Women face an implicit quota, whereby firms seek to maintain a small number of women on their top management team, usually only one. While firms gain legitimacy from having women in top management, the value of this legitimacy declines with each woman.”
Although I've met some very difficult female bosses that were a nightmare to work with, I've also seen some amazing ones too.
All the same, it's really good to know women aren't responsible for stopping the rise of other women to power.